Doc Helm Photography, State Prisons Data, 1950 Census, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 31, 2022

Sorry this is late. We had a tornado warning and I had to go lurk in the basement.


Illinois Times: A huge collection, now digitized and accessible online. “Thousands of Doc Helm’s photographic negatives from his long career as state photographer are housed at the Illinois State Archives’ Margaret Cross Norton Building in Springfield.” This article merely gives you an overview of the resource; click here for more background on this prolific Illinois photographer.

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Now available—the new, modern Corrections Statistical Analysis Tool (CSAT) with prisoners data. “For the first time, the dashboard combines data from the National Corrections Reporting Program and National Prisoner Statistics program. This dashboard provides data users central access to more comprehensive, in-depth, state-level data on persons in state prison, including data by age, sex, race or ethnicity, offense, sentence length, time served in prison, and type of admission and release.”


Washington Post: 1950 Census data to be unveiled Friday, after 72 years under wraps. “…the National Archives will unveil a huge batch of the intimate details from the 1950 Census — on 6.4 million pages digitized from 6,373 microfilm census rolls. The data will include names, ages, addresses and answers to questions about employment status, job description and income.”

CNET: Apple iOS 15.4.1 Fixes Battery Drain Issue and More. “Apple released iOS version 15.4.1 Thursday, a few weeks after the release of iOS 15.4. The latest update includes a fix for a bug that drains the battery of some iPhones that have installed iOS 15.4.”


BBC: IndiGo: Man says he hacked airline website to find lost luggage. “A man says he was forced to hack into a domestic Indian airline’s website to find his missing luggage. Nandan Kumar, 28, called IndiGo – a low-cost carrier – for help, after realising that he had swapped his bag with a co-passenger. But after IndiGo refused to help him trace the other person, Mr Kumar said he was able to retrieve information about him from the airline website.”

Brookings Institution: U.S. regulatory inaction opened the doors for the EU to step up on internet. “The American digital platform companies, after long fighting domestic regulation, are going to reap the rewards of that opposition. They will have to live with rules made by other nations—rules that some claim have protectionist overtones. These platform companies have become rich by riding on a ubiquitous internet that allowed them to ‘make it once and sell it everywhere.’ Now, the same network that created that economic miracle has become the network whose ubiquity imposes rules even if the companies operate outside of the EU.”


Museums + Heritage Advisor: Do museums deserve more freedom on social media?. “As The Charles Dickens Museum becomes the latest museum to suffer at the feet of heavy-handed algorithms, Advisor asks if it is time to allow cultural institutions more scope to police their own content.”

The Register: Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia are top sources of online misinformation . “Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia are the top three proliferators of state-linked Twitter misinformation campaigns, according to a report released Wednesday by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).”

University of Colorado Boulder: Interactive map gets closer to pinpointing African origins erased during slave trade. “Conflicts among African nations during the collapse of the kingdom of Oyo in the early 19th century resulted in the enslavement of hundreds of thousands of people. Soldiers and traders removed men, women and children from their homes, transported them to coastal ports and loaded them onto slave ships—their names, birth places and family ties erased. Historians have a pretty good record of where these individuals departed Africa, but due to a lack of primary sources, little is known about where they originated before boarding slave ships. CU Boulder researchers are hoping to change that with a first-of-its-kind mathematical model estimating conditional probabilities of African origins during the transatlantic slave trade.” I have this under “Research” instead of “New Resources” because the map is more an expression of the model and not a polished mechanism for attaining information.


Associated Press: Scientists finally finish decoding entire human genome. “An international team described the first-ever sequencing of a complete human genome – the set of instructions to build and sustain a human being – in research published Thursday in the journal Science. The previous effort, celebrated across the world, was incomplete because DNA sequencing technologies of the day weren’t able to read certain parts of it. Even after updates, it was missing about 8% of the genome.” Good evening, Internet…

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